March 18 2018

Law, corporate work, politics? What's next for James Comey

March 18 2018, 05:23 | Van Peters

"I didn't say that", Trump said at a press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey told the panel Thursday, emphasizing his belief that the president asked him to shut down the investigation.

"One hundred percent", said Trump when asked about his willingness to testify under oath.

The House intelligence committee sent a letter on Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Mr Comey's conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past.

"And for this guy, as a politician, to then go back and write a memo, 'Oh I felt threatened, '" Trump Jr. said. And firing Comey would not have shut down the investigation either, though some might argue that the intimidation by Trump would lead to that result.

The president's statement seemed to be in line with the response by Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kaskowitz, to the Comey testimony.

Before Trump fired him, Comey ran the FBI investigation of possible Kremlin collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. All of this was surely in Comey's mind when Trump allegedly expressed his hope. If Trump's account differs from Comey's account, Comey's contemporaneous notes, what Comey told his associates at the time and what Trump told associates at the time, the president could be in acute legal jeopardy. Comey also said that he considered the comment to be a directive.

"After former President Clinton met on the plane with the attorney general, I considered whether I should call for the appointment of a special counsel and decided that would be an unfair thing to do because I knew there was no case there", Comey testified, speaking of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump said.

"And I think you saw today the overwhelming majority of the intel members, Democrats and Republicans, feel that Jim Comey is credible". He also called Comey a "leaker," a day after the hearing. We can't be sure, since according to Comey's testimony, the investigation never focused directly on Trump himself, but on his campaign and aides.

In the wake of James Comey's riveting testimony, U.S. congressional investigators say they want to know if the White House has recordings of Trump's discussions with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday boasted of the GOP's accomplishments under Trump thus far, and promised more to come, making no mention of Comey in a speech.

Comey also explained why he recorded his private talks with the United States president, saying that he was afraid Trump might "lie" about them.

The president and Iohannis first spoke of cooperation between the two countries in fighting terrorism, but the conference quickly turned to the Russian Federation investigation when Trump opened the gathering for questions.

Michael Flynn was sacked as National Security Adviser after it emerged he had lied to Vice-President Mike Pence over a meeting with Russian officials.

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